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The week of your wedding, chances are, you probably won’t want to worry about much other than the main event. While this may make the idea of throwing a bridesmaid luncheon less than appealing, with a little bit of forethought and a few easy tricks up your sleeves, a bridesmaid luncheon can become one of the wedding week memories you’ll cherish most. It’s the perfect opportunity to step away from last minute to-dos and focus on being grateful for the way your bridesmaids have loved and supported you, and since graciousness is always a do in our book, we teamed up with Freixenet to share some of our best tips for throwing a sweet and stress-free celebration!

1. Choose a few special details: You don’t need to go all out for this more low-key celebration–instead, choose a color scheme and stick to a handful of thoughtfully selected decor pieces and accents. A spring-inspired floral arrangement, striking black mini bottles of Freixenet, and a mix of pastel striped straws were all we needed on our bar cart to make this luncheon feel like an extra special occasion.

2. Get everyone involved: The bridesmaid luncheon is the perfect time to do a cake pull! Originating in the Victorian era and most popular in New Orleans, this tradition has become widespread across the South, and it is one of our very favorites. Silver charms attached to ribbons are placed under the cake, and the charm each gal pulls reveals her “fortune,” for things like a life of adventure, good luck, or even being the next to tie the knot!

3. Give a gift: Take a little bit of pressure off of the rehearsal dinner and wedding morning by giving your bridesmaids their gifts at the luncheon, where they’ll have time to open and enjoy whatever you’ve selected to thank them. Along with fun surprises, we love this idea of including a few practical items as well, to help get them through the wedding day. This cute gift box included a mini bottle of Freixenet, healthy snacks, a water bottle, bobby pins, a nail file, Band Aids, and a cocktail ring!

We would love to know, are you throwing a bridesmaid luncheon before your wedding? What did you include to make it special?

P.S. Looking for more inspiration? Take a peek at the Freixenet wedding board on Pinterest, and follow along with the hashtag #AllLoveSparkles on Instagram and Twitter!

Photography: Emily March Photography / Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne / Florals: Eclectic Sage / Cake: Sugar Euphoria

Sugar Euphoria is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory. This post is brought to you by Freixenet – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are mine.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  3. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I am definitely throwing a bridesmaid luncheon! Many people think I shouldn’t throw it myself and that it should be thrown in honor of my bridesmaids and me by a cousin or family friend. What is the etiquette here?

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Elizabeth! Traditionally, a bridesmaid luncheon is hosted by the bride as a sweet way to thank her bridesmaids for their love and support, so you can certainly host it yourself :)

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From the looks of the comment section of our very first Southern tradition post, y’all sure seem to like history, don’t ya! Well, I’ve got another Southern tradition for y’all today – the cake pull.

Image credit: Mark Eric.

Most popular in the South, especially around New Orleans, the Cake Pull gets it’s roots from an old Victorian tradition of “ribbon pulling.” In those days, charms of luck and good fortune were placed into the wedding cake by the bride for her single friends. Now a days, bakers place sterling silver charms with specific means inside the bottom layer of the bride’s cake and all the single ladies are given the opportunity to pull a charm from the cake (a ceremony called the “ribbon pull”) just before the cake is cut.

Each charm has a specific and special meaning:

Hot Air Balloon or Eiffel Tower – A life full of adventure and travel

Claddagh – Friendship, Love, & Loyalty

Butterfly – Eternal Beauty

Star – Your wish will come true!

Anchor – Adventure is around the corner.

Four Leaf Clover – Good luck!

Flower – Blossoming love.

Heart – New Love!

Fleur-de-Lis – Love and Prosperity.

Kite- Something fun is about to happen.

Wishbone – Success!

Ring (similar to catching the bouquet)- Next to get married!

Did you have a ribbon pull ceremony? Do you have a crazy Southern tradition you’re just dieing to learn about. Let me know.

Looking for a place to put your cake pulls? Try my Mama’s Homemade Poundcake recipe here.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Laurien reply

    Wowee, that’s a cool tradition! I think that’s a fab idea : )

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  10. avatar Jenny D. Poulos reply

    Do you furnish the cards and ribbons for the cake pulls.?

  11. avatar Amanda reply

    I really wish brides would consult websites regarding cake pulls. I’ve been seeing brides, recently, where they are pulling their own cake pull. Or, they have friends/family/bridesmaids that are already married. It completely irritates me!

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